Shape young minds by teaching kindergarten through eighth grade, with the choice to specialize in Early Childhood, Mathematics, Reading K-12, Science Education or Special Education.
Elementary Education – B.S. in Elementary Education K-8
Students in the Elementary Education K-8 program at Montana State start their journey with a broad educational foundation that focuses on how science, technology, engineering and math interconnect with language arts, social studies, arts and health enhancement in the classroom – essential in the preparation of successful K-8 pre-service teachers. From there, students participate in Montana State’s extensive field experience component that combines service-learning experiences, two practicum teaching semesters and student teaching in their final year.
University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.
America Reads & America Counts
Elementary Education students tutor kids in local schools, helping to enhance their primary-level reading and math skills through the America Reads and America Counts programs.
Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.
Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio
Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.
Elementary Education students at Montana State University go into careers such as:
- K-8 Education
- School Principal
- School Librarian
To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.